(Benedict  Nightingale’s article ran in the Times of London, 3/23.)

Five stars for the Barbican's 4:48 Psychosis

I saw TR Warszawa’s revival of Sarah Kane’s play in Poland recently, when one or two people remarked that the actress playing the dramatist, or her doppelgänger, wasn’t generating the intensity she could. Well, that made me feel very English. Maybe Magdalena Cielecka was scorching rather than searing that night but I experienced her as a human blowtorch. Better take an asbestos coat to the Barbican, for if this deceptively fragile woman’s performance gets still more powerful she may set you, herself, the rest of Grzegorz Jarzyna’s cast on fire.

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